Election Commission asks Chhattisgarh Guv to act against Police Chief

January 15th, 2009 - 10:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Raipur, Jan.15 (ANI): Taking a serious note of the Chhattisgarh State Police Chiefs objectionable comments against the Election Commission officials, the State Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan has been directed by the EC to take appropriate action against him over formers remarks.
The Election Commission has sent a letter to the Governor asking him to take note of comments made by DGP Viswaranajan during an interview after the assembly elections were over in the state.
DGP Viswaranajan, during an interview to an English daily was pointed out ridiculing the view of junior officers of EC, by saying: “How can a lowly 1973 batch DGP take on the ”know-alls” of 1984, 1994 or 2004 batches in the bureaucratic set-up? Life has queer ways of emphasising the shudrahood (untouchability) of a police officer.”
“I suspect an element of cursedness was also operating the way these people were behaving with me….I am the senior most bureaucrat in Chattisgarh. During this election, I felt so humiliated that there was a period when I sincerely felt proceeding on leave,” the DGP had said.
“The problem was that officers connected with the Election Commission and election office in the state at middle and lower levels and many of those drafted to become observers from various states did not understand my operational requirements in Naxalite area.
“When I attempted to assert, I was told that I am on a temporary deputation to the Election Commission (which was factually correct) and I cannot even talk to my SPs about how to conduct elections without obtaining permission of the Chief Electoral officer of the state,” the DGP was quoted as saying in the reported interview.
The Governor is understood to have passed on the letter to the state government for further action, said official sources on Thursday. (ANI)

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